Scott Watson

Composer & Educator

WELCOME to the website of veteran music educator and frequently commissioned/published composer, Dr. Scott Watson.

The Music of Scott Watson

on Alfred's Score & Sound YouTube Channel

Social Distancing Blues

Available as FREE content in SmartMusic (visit for any band instrument or voice and piano. Performed here by the Dolcetto Trio (

Composer Name That Tune Challenge!

A silly, little game show where I attempt to guess my own compositions after hearing only 5 seconds of each. See how I did!


This summer I'm pleased to be leading the following ONLINE grad course offerings for University of the Arts. Click the links for more information or to register:

  • Lights, Camera...Learning! Video Projects in Music Education ONLINE - 3 credits, Four Weeks from July 6-31. Learn to produce effective, attractive, and compelling video content for students (i.e. tutorials, screen recordings, lecturettes, presentations, etc.) and with students (i.e. student performances, auditions, student films, etc.).
  • GarageBand Does It All! ONLINE - 3 credits, Four Weeks from July 6-31. The perfect intersection of ease-of-use and high-end features, GarageBand is hands-down the best entry-level digital audio workstation for educators. We'll cover the program's main features (and more!) and great ways to use it in education, from recording and editing audio, making podcasts, fun loop-based compositions, found-sound drum loops, adding sound effects to a narrated story, scoring video, MIDI file arranging, adding DSP effects (reverb, compression, EQ, autotune), and much more!

Dr. Scott Watson has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for more than 30 years and serves as adjunct professor for Cairn University, University of the Arts and Moravian College, as well as for Central Connecticut State University's Summer Music Institute.

He is a frequently commissioned composer with approximately 90 published pieces for band and strings at all levels. His music has received recognition from the American Composer's Forum, American Music Center, Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia (among others), and been performed at venues around the world, including the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the Midwest Clinic (Chicago) and the White House (Washington, D.C.). Watson is an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications, a contributor to the Sound Innovations concert band series, and an Alfred Clinician.

Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators around the U.S. and in Australia and Canada, frequently serves as guest conductor for honor and festival bands, and is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press). Watson was recognized by the Parkland School District in 2015 with a Parkland Pride Award for outstanding achievement, and in 2020 he was awarded the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award.